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Randy Atkins: The lunch-box size bird flu detector is still in development, but Georgia Tech bioengineer Jie Xu says it’ll be low-cost…and battery powered for easy use in the field. Perhaps most importantly…
Jie Xu: We can get results in thirty minutes compared to the conventional method taking days.
Randy Atkins: Just take a nose swab from a bird, mix in a buffer solution, then pump that mixture through a glass specially-coated to grab certain bird flu virus particles.
Jie Xu: This binding will change the speed of light traveling inside that piece of glass.
Randy Atkins: Xu says that change can be measured, revealing both the type and amount of virus present. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, 103 point 5 F-M, WTOP Radio.
Researchers expect this bird flu detector to be ready in about two years.
A paper Xu and colleagues published on avian influenza ("bird flu") detection
The Centers for Disease Control bird flu page
A new mathematical technique to monitor the advance of bird blu